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FRANCIS LANCELOTT, ESQ. Queens of England. Vol.1.

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FRANCIS LANCELOTT, ESQ.
Queens of England. Vol.1.
page 355



.KATHERINE OF AHRAGON, domestic virtues. " What house is there of any of your subjects that can give an example of state in wedlock so chaste and harmonious ? Where could be found a wife more suitable to the best of husbands ?" At this period the Emperor Charles, on whose mind similar impressions had been produced, repeatedly felicitated his aunt on her union to the best and the most magnificent monarch in Europe. A few days after their departure from the camp of gold, Katherine, with her royal lord and their suite, met the Emperor Charles at Gravelines, and, despite the jealousy of the French court, conducted him with pomp to Calais, where an imitation of the splendour of the Field of the Cloth of Cold was attempted, without the same success. A superb amphitheatre was constructed, and adorned with tapestry, statues, and curious ι pictures; and overhead was painted 1 1 a , likeness of the firmament, the sun, moon, and stars." All was prepared for the entertainment of the royal guests, and : the banquet ready to be served, when *' God," says Godwin, " displeased with the mad prodigality of these two Kings, sent a tempest ; the violence thereof scattered this counterfeit heaven, blew out a thousand was tapers, defaced the glorious thrones prepared for these Princes, frustrated the expectation of the people, and forced the King to the necessity of another place." The revels and feasting continued till the eighth of July, on which day the Emperor, mounted on an English courser, " trapped with goldsmiths' work, set with gems"—a parting present from Katherine—went his way, and, a few days afterwards, Henry, the Queen, and their court returned to England. CIIAPTEE III. Mary Boleyn—Anne Boleyn, maid of honour to Katherine—She wins the heart of the King—Decline of Katherine1 s health—The King shuns her society—His pretended scruples—Origin of the divorce—Wolsey's perilous policy—Displeases the King—Katherine upbraids Henry—Sweating sickness rages—Henry, in alarm, rejoins the Queen—Cardinal Campeggio arrives—Katherine refuses to retire to a convent, or consent to tlie divorce—Henry s hypocritical speech—His extraordinary questions to the canonists at Borne. BOTJT this time the Queen discovered, to her sorrow, that her husband entertained a tender penchant for Mary Boleyn, The King denied the charge; butMaryadmitted that she had overstepped the bounds of discretion, and, probably by the Queen's advice, was married to William Carey, of the privy chamber, on the thirty-first of January, 1521. In the household-book, occurs the following entry :—" Item, For tbe King's offering, opon Saturday, at the marriage of W. Care and Mare Bullayn, six shillings and eightpence." A little before the declaration of war with France, in 1522, the beautiful and accomplished Anne Boleyn was recalled to England, and appointed one of Kathcrine's maids of honour. Her French education gave her a superiority over all her companions ; and by the vivacity of her disposition, and the gaiety of her conversation, she unconsciously won the heart of the voluptuous monarch, who concealed his secret till his jealousy of the young Percy made it known to Anne and to the world. Meanwhile, although Henry continued to live with Katherine, it was well known to his confidential friends that he had become indifferent to her person and weary of her society. Her exemplary virtues he still admired; and whilst approving the reformation which, both by precept and example, she sought to introduce in female manners, he frequently


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